Neil Chandler, a former operations manager at Fairfield Halls, has been appointed venue director for the borough’s cultural hub, which is due to re-open in 12 months’ time following a council-funded £30million refurbishment.
The appointment was announced this week by BH Live, the Bournemouth-based conference organisers who have been appointed to manage the Halls.
Chandler was the head of operations at the Fairfield Halls from 2009 to 2011. He has also worked as general manager at the Bristol Hippodrome and New Wimbledon Theatre, and was nominated for the UK Theatre Manager of the Year award in 2016.
In their announcement, BH Live said, “Neil will be responsible for the strategic direction and financial performance of the venue, delivering a rich, diverse and inclusive programme of entertainment events. He will also manage its day-to-day operation, focusing in particular on event programming, community engagement, partnership working and business events.”
Chandler said, “To join BH Live and lead the iconic Fairfield Halls into a new era is both an honour and privilege.
“BH Live’s track record in managing community assets, event programming and delivering exceptional hospitality gives me immense confidence and the opportunity they have given me to be part of this project, both artistically and operationally, will be very rewarding. I look forward to connecting with the local community and to presenting seasons of entertainment that appeals to a local and wider audience.”
Timothy Godfrey, Croydon Council’s cabinet member for culture, said, “Neil has secured the best job in town.
“It’s great that he is coming back to the Fairfield with BH Live. It’s a combination of experience and knowledge that will get the new Fairfield off to a great start.”
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